Ferguson has birthed a movement that identifies white privilege and the wrongful deaths of too many blacks.
As far as we can tell, nothing in Scripture was written exclusively for cloistered religious. We assume our sacred authors had ordinary married people and their children in mind when they composed our biblical writings. The spirituality and theology expressed in them were meant to be lived in a real world populated by real people: husbands, wives, children, grandchildren, men and women who related to one another on a normal, human level. We especially must keep this in mind when we celebrate the feast of the Holy Family.
Those of us who believe in social justice should be outraged at the crazy "blame game" in the media.
During Christmas we are especially reminded to be compassionate and merciful. Let’s tell that to our elected officials.
Grace on the Margins: Frameworks that assume the over-and-doneness of struggles for justice cannot account for UVA or Ferguson, Steubenville or Eric Garner.
"I believe strongly in my heart in the power of God and the power of creation ... They are much stronger that the powers of death."
At the Intersection: The former megachurch pastor thinks that from his vantage point, he can advise "parents of all races."
Cardinal Pietro Parolin and Kerry discussed "the desire for a favorable attention of the Holy See in search of adequate humanitarian solutions to the current detainees."
When all the graced visionaries have prophesied, when the healers have soothed every pain, when all the fettered are set free, when the naked and the shamed are clothed with justice and dignity (Isaiah), one will come among us -- one in whom hope and healing, freedom and salvation will find their most eloquent expression (John). He is the one for whom we wait with joy (1 Thessalonians). On this, the third Sunday of Advent, Isaiah, Paul and the two Johns (the evangelist and the Baptizer) call the assembly to cultivate that joy and allow it to sustain us. Ours is good news.
While Vatican officials are busy working with other religious groups in formulating a collective message on nuclear disarmament, no-nukes activists are looking for ways to influence the actions of their faith leaders.
Vatican officials traveled to Vienna for the third international conference to examine the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons Dec. 8-9 and delivered a message from Pope Francis calling for nations with nuclear arsenals to find a way to rid themselves, and the world, of these kinds of arms.